Encounter 6-weight 9'6" Fly Rod Outfit

This 6 Wt. affordable fly rod is ideal for bigger freshwater applications.


Instead of the term “entry level,” we prefer to describe our new Encounter rod outfits as “affordable awesomeness.” Built for the hardcore angler, yet priced with frugality in mind, the Encounter rod series combines state-of-the-art rod design with a smooth, crisp performance—packaged with a large arbor Encounter reel, weight-forward floating line, backing, and leader. The 9'6" 6-weight Encounter rod outfit is a powerful big-water trout rod with that extra length that's perfect for reaching out on long mends or high-stick nymphing. Excellent option for stillwater as well. Go with confidence and a wallet that's still intact.


Overall: 4.5/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 4.5 / 5 based on 8 reviews

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7 of 8 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    good combo outfit - 7/4/2014
    By: from Springcreek, TN

    It arrived on time in sturdy shipping box. Great customer service. Just add a fly and a pond/lake. Their flies are much better than what is available locally.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Great purchase with the help of Orvis - 5/27/2014
    By: from Richmond, VA

    After a lot of looking around for a beginner fly rod, I finally decided on the Orvis Encounter. The rod came right on time with its fast shipping. The rod case was an excellent addition to the outfit, it has already saved my rod from damage many times. The super helpful Orvis employees helped perfect my cast and helped me pick out some great starting flieswhich had me on the water in no time. The rod its self is very durable and is a canon. This thing launches flies with power and precision. The cork grip provides comfort for all day fishing. I have dropped this real many times and its still brand new. 5/5 for a great overall experience with Orvis and its product! Highly recommended!

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    More bang for your buck! - 4/24/2014
    By: from Pennsylvania

    Great value! Very nice well balanced combo for beginners and avid anglers. Perfect as a backup outfit or for use in rugged back country. I also bought the Encounter 8 wt 9' for steelhead.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Above and Beyond Expectations - 2/18/2014
    By: from Orange County, CA

    I purchased this outfit to fish for bass and bluegill in a local private lake. I was planning to go surf fishing the next morning and couldn't wait to try out the rod so slapped on my 8 weight sinking tip line and hit the local surf. The rod worked flawlessly with the heavier line. Caught some nice barred surf perch - what a nice feeling rod. Could not be happier. Although I expected the rod to work well, I did not expect it to handle as well as it did with the heaving line. The Orvis craftsmanship was superb.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Dansr Cincinnati - 1/21/2014
    By: from Cincinnati OH

    Have not had a chance to use this bought it for my grandson. Cast it on the lawn and seems like a good starter rod. For the money it seems well made.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Great starter kit - 1/19/2014
    By: from Santiago, Chile

    A gift for a young man in Chile he caught 3 5lb. rainbows from Lago Rupanco his first outing. Obviously he likes it.

  • 1/5 stars 1/5

    Wrong Rod and Wrong Reel - 1/15/2014
    By: from Los Angeles, CA

    The Encounter Rod was poorly balanced. Very heavy even for a 9.6 rod. The reel fell apart after a few practice casts. My first bad purchase from Orvis. The experienced few casters from my fly casting club were equally surprised by the poor quality of both rod and reel. Orvis took both back without question.

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